Is 0.5 too small for an emerald cut halo?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

Not sure if anyone will post personal pictures but I found this thread on Pricescope where there’s a bunch of pictures of one:

I personally think it looks great but it comes down to personal preferene. Some people prefer a larger center stone in relation to the halo diamonds and some would rather have a larger overall appearance (smaller stone with a large halo). 

There’s also this cool site that another Bee posted recently:

It doesn’t allow you to customize settings so you can’t see the halo directly but it makes it a little easier to imagine. I just did 0.5 and 0.75 carats because I didn’t see where you could do a single diamond. But you could compare whatever sizes you want. 

Post # 3
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Honestly, I think a .5 is a good size for a halo. 

Post # 4
632 posts
Busy bee

I think it would look great but try to find a setting with a thin halo, it will look more delicate that way and the halo won’t overpower the centre stone. 

Post # 6
124 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

To be honest, I think with step cuts it’s better to go big or go home.  They tend to face up smaller than brilliant cuts (at least asscher/square emerald does).  Also, they are not a sparkly cut… They “flash” more than sparkle.  Since you are going for a small carat weight, I’m afraid you won’t get any flash or sparkle (don’t be fooled by jewelry store lights.  Those could make a turd sparkle.).  My own personal opinion is that anything less than 1ct in a step cut is a disservice to the stone.  I have a 1.22 asscher and I regret going with this cut at that size.  It simply doesn’t sparkle or look very special.  I fell in love with step cuts after seeing really beautiful examples…. Only to find out that they were in the 2-3ct size range where you could really see and appreciate the steps, internal windmill pattern, and flashy personality under light.  I regret my decision, 100%…it’s actually led to a lot of strife about me not loving my ring and my FI feeling bad/inadequate about it.  If I were you, I’d look at a .5ct round brilliant in a Victorian style chunKy halo.  You get bling, style, and a halo at a good price! ex:

What being said, you should get WHATEVER makes you happy and causes your face to light up when you put it on.

Post # 7
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Historic house and gardens

I really don’t think Emerald cuts look great as a halo. Don’t get me wrong, I adore emerald cuts, I have one, but they sparkle differently as Woobee mentioned, so when you add a halo of a different cut it can look a bit messy. I really think you should go a bigger emerald cut alone, or add in other step cuts if you want more than one stone.

If you really want a halo, go round or oval.

Post # 8
3360 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think emerald cuts are awesome in halos! I think 0.5 is adequate but dainty 🙂

Post # 9
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Ooh a thread made just for me! :p

While ‘waiting’ I was certain that I wanted an emerald cut ring, never considering a halo… until I saw this in a jewrllers window. It looks a little vintage, very classic and just feels like me.

My centre stone is 0.70 I think with a fine single halo and plain band. I will try to find a photo on my computer for you 🙂

Post # 10
951 posts
Busy bee

Some people are not huge when it comes to sparkle and the typical round brilliant. This is the main reason I also chose an emerald cut. I love how it doesn’t try to get too much attention (but it still does actually lol) and definitely love the vintage feel! I have a vintage inspired E-ring 0.71ct. I know someone who got a 0.61ct and she’s size 4, and I thought it looked gorgeous! I’m a size 3.5 btw. Oh, I also feel like huge emerald cut look a little bit more like a candy but that’s just my personal opinion, so I would personally prefer something that’s 2ct or less. Here’s mine btw!

This photo with a black backround is not edited. It was just really bright in my room when I took this and the diamond reflected on the camera so bright that it turned everything on the background black.

Post # 12
951 posts
Busy bee

Thank you so much Dogsbody92! Might not be everyone’s style, but I couldn’t be happier! 😀

Post # 13
6799 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Mrs.DK:  OMG that is beautiful!

Post # 15
1517 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I love the idea of a .5 emerald cut diamond in a halo. Contrary to some opinions, I wouldn’t be influenced to go with another cut if you like step cuts.

I am in serious love with my emerald cut diamond and it flashes light beautifully (it is just over 1 carat). I have been lucky enough to have seen all sizes starting at less than 1/2 carat up to 2 – 3 carats and find them all decadent!

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